The Democratic Insider Convention
Let's just be honest: the Democrats always attract the bigger-name celebrities to their convention. This year, if you tune in to the DNC, you might hear from Lena Dunham, Demi Lovato, Chloe Grace Moretz, Katy Perry, Eva Longoria, and Alicia Keys.
But could this be the year that the typically star-studded Democratic convention backfires? My IWV colleague Carrie Lukas weighs in at the Washington Examiner:
Usually, the Democrats' ability to attract high profile celebrity endorsers is a strength: Millennials and others see the Democrats as the cool kids' party, and just as they mimic Hollywood fashion trends, they are supposed to take their cues for political preferences from larger-than-life celebrities, too.
Yet Democrats shouldn't bank on this phenomenon this year. Rather than an asset, the spectacle of millionaire celebrities hobnobbing with political elites reinforces the idea that the political system is run by and for one percenters — from big business to big media to political insiders — and regular Americans are given the shaft.
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